6 November 2007 – Eskom has lost US$19 million over the last six months to tampering and illegal connections. Additionally, cable worth US$2.8 million was stolen from the distribution network last year.
However, says Lenny Babulall, Eskom public safety specialist "The effect of electricity-linked criminal activities is alarming. Between September last year and August this year there were 57 fatalities and 159 injuries."
"Losses suffered have a terrible and lasting effect on victims and on families, friends and co-workers,"
"Many electrical-related incidents are preventable, especially at homes. Consumers can help protect themselves from electrical hazards by taking a few minutes to check their homes for any unsafe conditions," Babulall continued